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Switzerland adopts EU sanctions on Russian gold
From the Swiss Broadcasting Corp., Bern
Wednesday, August 3, 2022
Switzerland, a major global hub for gold, has followed the European Union in banning imports of Russian gold as part of new sanctions due to the war in Ukraine.
"The new measures primarily concern a ban on buying, importing, or transporting gold and gold products from Russia. Services in connection with these goods are also prohibited," the economics ministry wrote on Wednesday.
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The decision is in line with the ban on Russian gold made by the EU on July 21, the ministry said, and implements "the most urgent measures in terms of time and substance" taken by Brussels. Until now only exports of gold from Switzerland to Russia had been banned.
The potential impact of the new sanctions on Swiss refineries is unclear. Following the invasion of Ukraine in February, imports from Russia have been largely avoided for ethical reasons. Moreover, since March 7 trade of bullion produced by Russian refineries has not been possible in Switzerland, due to a decision by the leading London Bullion Market Association. ...
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